Anchieta, José de, 1533-1597. Information on the marriage of the Indians of Brazil

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Title: Information on the marriage of the Indians of Brazil

Published in: Revista trimensal de historia e geographia -- Vol.

Published By: Revista trimensal de historia e geographia -- Vol. Rio de Janeiro: J.M. Nunes Garcia, 1846. 254-262 p. [incomplete]

By line: José de Anchieta

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Tupinamba (SO09)

Subjects: Basis of marriage (581); Termination of marriage (586); Polygamy (595); Kinship regulation of sex (835); Extramarital sex relations (837);

Abstract: This is a very important account by one of the most famous missionaries of the sixteenth century, of marriage rules among the early Tupi of the region of Sao Paulo. The present translation is taken from the original article published in the REVISTA TRIMENSAL of the Brazilian Historical and Geographical Institute for 1846. The original manuscript is to be found in a much larger book of 215 pages, containing various narratives written by Brazilian Jesuits at the close of the sixteenth century, and which today resides in the Biblioteca Eborense. Pages 130-136 of the manuscript are taken up with the Casamentos article. Whether the donor of the manuscript alluded to in the text, Adolpho Varnhagen, gave the Institute the actual manuscript or merely a copy is not made clear, but, whatever the situation, the Institute certainly possesses a facimile if not the real thing.

Document Number: 16

Document ID: so09-016

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English translation from Portuguese

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Translation of: [Informacão dos Indios do Brasil] The original Portuguese text is not included. Translated for the HRAF files by Alfred Métraux prior to 1956 ; additional translation by Gary S. Vescelius ca. 1970.

Field Date: ca. 1570

Evaluation: Missionary-3

Analyst: Alfred Métraux ; Gary Vescelius ; 1971

Coverage Date: 1570

Coverage Place: São Paulo, Brazil

LCSH: Tupinamba Indians


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